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Foodie Penpals August 2012

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The Lean Green Bean

Let me tell you about an amazing experience…

FOODIE PENPALS !!

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The concept is easy, you join and you’re matched with two other food lovers (blogger or reader) The first one send you something and you send something to the last one.
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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
(Thanks to THE LEAN GREEN BEAN to letting us copy this text instead of all writing it over!)

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Want to give it a try? It’s easy!! Just click HERE or on the image on top of my page! You’ll see it’s fun!

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This month was my forth time doing it and it was still fun!

I have a friend in England who’s a total foodie (and a cook) and we will do kind of a foodie penpal thing together.. but each month it’s only one of us who’s sending something.. it will be fun knowing that we don’t have the same things, food, books.. in England and in Quebec.. I’m super trilled!

I was matched with a lovely woman named Shannon, she’s from British Columbia, doesn’t have a blog and is a newbie on foodie penpal (but heh I’m too.. only 4 times..). The interesting thing is that she lives where there is the Western Canada’s largest open air farmers market. So she found me great things!

She sent me:

1- Brownie Mix, I made the brownies.. and they were amazing! Almost like homemade, hehe, I loved them.. my husband and my daughter too! I guess it was a hit!

2- Cookie, sooooooooooo moist and delicious! I have to make cookies like that! Mmmm tart cherries!!!

3- Truffle Bar, This one my husband looked at me with little eyes.. asking me if I wanted to share with him, haha I did! This is chocolate like I love! Dark.. with mint!

4- Bacon Sea salt, I love the note she wrote on it.. it was like *Salt=not good, bacon=not good.. bacon salt= super not good, but way too strange not to send you* HAHA! It was funny. In fact it’s true that it is a weird product… I’m still looking at it, waiting for the good moment to taste it. I never saw this in Quebec!

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A special thanks to Shannon, I loved everything!!!!! It was very fun of you to write me little notes on everything (oh and nice card too!)

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I was matched with Bibiana, she’s also from BC and she have a blog, you can see it HERE

I guess she will talk about my box on her blog soon..

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Like I previously said, this experience is not only about food, but for me it was also about getting in touch with others and had the chance to meet interesting people.

Don’t be shy, try the experience at least one time!

The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpals July 2012

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The Lean Green Bean

Let me tell you about an amazing experience…

FOODIE PENPALS !!

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The month of July 2012 was my third time doing the foodie penpals experience and like always, I’m super fan. I signed up to do it for August too!
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The concept is easy, you join and you’re matched with two other food lovers (blogger or reader) The first one send you something and you send something to the last one.
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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
(Thanks to THE LEAN GREEN BEAN to letting us copy this text instead of all writing it over!)

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Want to give it a try? It’s easy!! Just click HERE or on the image on top of my page! You’ll see it’s fun!

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First of all, the reason why I didn’t wrote earlier is that I was in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for my honeymoon. We never took it last year (it’s our first anniversary on August 20) because our daughter Dalie was too young, but this year she’s 18 months so she spent a week with one of her grandma (she had a lot of fun!). I’m still super excited to see tomorrow with who I’m paired for August! I guess all the people who also does it are, hehe!

(I’ll talk about my trip in another post…)

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Let me introduce you to…

This month I was matched with the lovely Lisa from Jogging on Coffee, she’s from Ottawa.

She have a very nice blog for everybody who loves to be in shape, she have great posts. You should all go take a look (even if you like to eat candies, haha)

She sent me..

1- Apple butter, from President choice Black label, I made some last Fall, but it’s always fun to try new products. It’s very good.

2- Poppy seeds wafers, (with old cheddar) from President choice Black label, it’s a very fun product because it have a very unusual taste.

3- Truffles, from President choice Black label. They are absolutely DELICIOUS!! (I’m a big truffle fan, when I was living in France I was always eating some..) The funny part is that when I opened the box they were SUPER MELTED!! Haha! It was VERY VERY VERY hot in Quebec when I received my box so they had the chance to melt. It’s ok.. I put everything in the fridge and ate it like a chocolate bar. (It was still super amazing!) Be careful when you want to send chocolate during summer.

4- Couscous, I don’t know how she found out but I’m a huge fan of couscous and quinoa so I was very happy when I opened the box and saw those.

5- Quinoa, organic, like couscous it’s always a winner, it’s so good. I love Quinoa… A LOT!

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President Choice launched a new label.. the black label (and no not the cheap beer people from Quebec drink) but a line of brand new products. You can click HERE to go on their site to see what are the amazing products.

Keep your eyes open when you’ll go to Loblaws or Maxi.

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A special thanks to Lisa, your box was great!

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I was matched with Jessica from Milton, Ontario. She doesn’t have a blog but she’s a nice girl too!

When I’ll have news from her, I’ll post them here.

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Like I previously said, this experience is not only about food, but for me it was also about getting in touch with others and had the chance to meet interesting people.

Don’t be shy, try the experience at least one time!

The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpals June 2012

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The Lean Green Bean

Let me tell you about an amazing experience…

FOODIE PENPALS !!

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The month of June 2012 was my second time doing the foodie penpals experience and like last month, I loved it! I’m kind of an addict now, haha! I just signed up to do it for July too! It’s so fun that it will be the third time for my mom too.
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The concept is easy, you join and you’re matched with two other food lovers (blogger or reader) The first one send you something and you send something to the last one.
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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
(Thanks to THE LEAN GREEN BEAN to letting us copy this text instead of all writing it over!)

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Want to give it a try? It’s easy!! Just click HERE or on the image on  top of my page! You’ll see it’s fun!

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The moment where I find which persons I’m matched too is always so great! This month again was two great ladies. I was sending a box in British Columbia and was receiving one from Toronto (and I’m from Quebec). I have so much fun to prepare the box I’m sending but when I receive mine, I’m so trilled! I look at the box.. I’m excited to open it but wanna keep a little surprise too.. but finally I open it to each time be very surprised! Awww what an amazing experience. You should all try it at least one time in your life!

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Let me introduce you to the lovely Vicky from Menu By Vicky
Her blog is beautiful, her recipes inspiring, beautiful pictures too. She’s a foodie, like me she’s having an healthy lifestyle.
I strongly recommend you all to go take a look at her blog, follow her or even go like her facebook page, you’ll see she’s amazing!
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It’s funny how people seems to know me well.. the two last months I received only things that I really like! Life can be surprising sometimes…
So.. I received…
I know you’re all very curious! Haha!
1- Dark chocolate and raspberries bar, it was simply pure heaven! I shared it with my husband and both of us liked it very much. Raspberries and chocolate will always be a perfect match. Ohhh and dark chocolate.. my favorite!
2- Lentils crackers It was my first time trying lentils crackers, I tried chickpeas crackers but not these one, but let me tell you that it is AMAZING!!!! They are so thin and flavorful! Gosh I have to find the same here!!!!
3- Pure Lemon marmalade , She wrote me that it was her favorite and that it came from the farmer’s market. I didn’t tried it yet, I’m still on the jar I received last month, hahaha! But I’m sure it’s more than delicious! How can marmalade be not good..hehe.
4- Organic truffle , MIAM!
5- Sesame Strips (with fruits), What a great finding. I never saw these kind where I live. We only have the nature ones… these one are WAY MORE interesting, flavorful, fun, fruity than regular sesame treats. I’ll search to find more!!!!!
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A special thanks to Vicky, your box was funny and you made me smile!
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This is the blog of the sweet Jeniffer, the girl I sent the box to. She’s in British Columbia.
And… she loved everything I sent her! (Hopefully!)
I bought her goodies when I was in United States.
You can see what I had found her HERE
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Like I previously said, this experience is not only about food, but for me it was also about getting in touch with others and had the chance to meet interesting people.

Don’t be shy, try the experience at least one time!

The Lean Green Bean

Foodie Penpals May 2012

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The Lean Green Bean

Let me tell you about an amazing experience…

FOODIE PENPALS !!

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The month of May 2012 was my first time doing the foodie penpals experience and it was AWESOME!
The concept is easy, you join and you’re matched with two other food lovers (blogger or reader) The first one send you something and you send something to the last one.
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Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
(Thanks to The Lean Green Bean to letting us copy this text instead of all writing it over!)

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Want to give it a try? It’s easy!! Just click HERE or on the image on  top of my page! You’ll see it’s fun!

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Like I said, It was my first time this month, but not my last!

The part where I received such an amazing goodies box was great, but I was also lucky to make smile someone else, but more importantly, I meet two wonderful women. That’s the most fantastic part of my experience. I was so trilled when I realized that both of the women I was matched with were so nice and that we had a lot in common!!! What a chance I had to get to know them! The best part in all that… We still chat each few days together!

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Let me introduce you to an amazing women… Courtney from The Fig Tree

From the very first message we quickly realized the many similarities between us. She’s a food and photography lover (and let me tell you… she’s very talented!!!) Music, movies, nature… she’s a lot like me, except two things, she’s in Manitoba, I’m in Quebec and she’s vegetarian. (No big deals here, I don’t eat a lot of meat myself! Anyway I respect everybody!) We instantly connected together.

I was so trilled to be matched with someone like her!! (Chance was nice with me that day, haha)

I strongly recommend to everyone to go and take a look at her amazing blog The Fig Tree or join her on facebook The Fig Tree Facebook

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The day I received her box, it was like Christmas!! First because it’s always fun to receive something else than bills in the mail and because.. Gosh! the box was filled with things that I love (It was like she knew me forever).

She put so much effort in all the details (she’s a true artist!), everything was wrapped in that cute flower paper with number post-it… inside the box there was a letter explaining each items (with their numbers). What a great idea!!! She even took the time to explain why she was sending me each things, where they came from… I really loved the fact that she sent me things that I would like but also things that she like and wanted me to discover.

For the curious who are currently reading this post… I’ll tell you all what I received!

1- Organic sweet Basil Seeds, it’s just perfect for me, I love gardening!! And she didn’t knew but my favorite herb is basil!

2- Manitoba Rooibos Tea, Her favorite kind of tea, mine is Pu-Er, but it doesn’t matter at all, I love Rooibos too and never tasted this one.

3- Green Bean Coffee, a coffee roasted in Manitoba, can’t wait to brew me a cup! It smells SOOOOO good!!!

4- Manitoba Spiced Apple Leather, directly from the Farmer’s market, it tastes like fresh from the oven apple pie. Like she told me to do in the letter, I give some to my adorable daughter Dalie and she liked it very much (haha my husband too!!)

5- Vegetarian Time Magazine, Her favorite magazine. In fact I always wanted to subscribe myself to this magazine because it look interesting but never had the chance to really read one… I was glad to receive one, I took a cup of tea and sat with the magazine… and now I will definitely subscribe! Such a great magazine!!

6- The movie *Away we go*, she sent me one of her favorite movie so I could have a dinner+ movie night with my husband.. and we had it! What a great movie, simple and so cute. (if you’ve never seen it, I recommend it, run to the video club and rent it!)

7- Tall Grass Prairie Manitoba Jam, it’s from a well known bakery where they make lots of great stuff, like buns, bread, canning. The jam is made of saskatoon bushes, fruit that we don’t really have where I live. This is why I’m so trilled to try this jam! Every morning I look at the jar wanting to eat some.. but I don’t want to see the jar empty, hahaha! I’m sure it’s delicious!

8-Homemade Ginger-Coconut-Almond-Granola, This granola taste like.. HEAVEN! You can find the recipe on her blog HERE. Usually I’m not a huge ginger fan, but in this granola it’s so good, it’s almost incredible!

A special thanks to my new friend Courtney for making me smile the day I met her (well… also when I opened the box, hah!)

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I also met another great women while doing the foodie penpals experience. I had to send her a goodies box.

Her name is Collen, she’s from Ontario. She’s a strong women that I admire a lot. She doesn’t have a blog but I asked her to write me a little something for my blog… when she will sent it to me, I’ll post it.

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Like I previously said, this experience is not only about food, but for me it was also about getting in touch with others and had the chance to meet interesting people.

Don’t be shy, try the experience at least one time!

The Lean Green Bean
Want to see what others received? Go take a look at the official Foodie Penpals Reveal day’s page